Matika Wilbur, self portrait

Matika Wilbur, self portrait

Video: Meet Matika Wilbur: She’s Coming to Your Nation Soon, Smile!

Matika Wilbur is from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes–and she's an ambitious, highly talented photographer. She is embarking on an amazing adventure: to capture at least 562 Indian Nations on film.

In her words, My goal is to unveil the true essence of contemporary Native issues, the beauty of Native culture, the magnitude of tradition, and expose her vitality. … My goal is to create a publication and exhibition representing Native peoples from every tribe. But really, the ultimate goal is education. If you support Project 562, then together we can move a step closer toward abolishing negative stereotypes, honoring tradition, and leaving legacy. Starting in December 2012, I will be hitting the road … I will begin in Washington state, and work my way south through Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona [and onward] until I have visited all … federally recognized tribes in this nation. I will travel in my RV, fully equipped with a photographic studio, darkroom and sleeping quarters.

Want to help her succeed?  Visit her fund-raising site here. And ICTMN will be covering her work throughout her journeys. Stay tuned for updates, Indian Country is excited about this project. In the meantime, enjoy this short video she produced about her upcoming adventure…..

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OutUax2oIyM[/youtube]

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